I am thrilled to announce that Cool Apocalypse will receive its International Premiere at the CinemAvvenire Film Festival in Rome this December. According to the festival’s official website “6th CinemAvvenire Film Festival carries on and strengthens the International/European dimension of the Associazione Centro Internazionale CinemAvvenire, a project managed with enthusiasm and determination since 1992 through the starting idea by Gillo Pontecorvo (director of The Battle of Algiers).” Cool Apocalypse will be screening in the International Feature Films Competition.
Exact date and showtime of our screening TBA but the festival will be held from December 11 through December 20. You can learn more about CinemAvvenire via Film Freeway here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/Lumiere2015-6thCinemAvvenireFilmFestival
I’m happy to announce that Cool Apocalypse won the Best Narrative Feature award at the Full Bloom Film Festival in Statesville this past Saturday night. Congrats to the cast and crew and thanks to everyone who came to our screening and everyone who helped put on this incredible festival. Here’s a photo of my post-screening Q&A taken by Jillian McKeown:
I’m excited to announce that Cool Apocalypse will be the closing film in the 2nd annual Oakton Pop-Up Film Festival in Des Plaines, IL. It will screen in the Footlik Theatre of Oakton Community College on Friday, December 4 at 12:30pm and will be followed by a Q&A with director Michael Glover Smith and actors Adam Overberg and Chelsea David conducted by film scholar/author Laurence Knapp. The event is FREE and open to the public. The festival’s full schedule is as follows:
December 1, 2:00pm: Actress (w/ Robert Greene & Brandy Burre in person)
December 2, 12:30pm: Black Box (w/ Stephen Cone in person)
December 3, 2:00pm: Transformers: The Premake (w/ Kevin B. Lee in person)
December 4, 12:30pm: Cool Apocalypse (w/ Michael Smith, Adam Overberg & Chelsea David in person)
Hope to see you there!
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Gary Zidek on his great WDCB radio show The Arts Section about Cool Apocalypse in advance of our premiere at the Illinois International Film Festival. You can listen to the full episode of the show below. The Cool Apocalypse segment (featuring an audio clip of the film!) begins around the 40:30 mark:
Cool Apocalypse will have its World Premiere at the 9th annual Illinois International Film Festival on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:30 PM. The screening will be held at the Fox Valley Park District’s Prisco Community Center in Aurora, IL. The address is 150 W. Illinois Avenue. I am thrilled that our premiere will take place so close to home. Congrats to the entire Cool Apocalypse team!
Tickets for the screening are $10 a piece (for a one-day pass to the festival) and can be purchased at the event or in advance here. I strongly urge you to buy tickets in advance as the event may sell out. The complete lineup and showtimes can be found on the IIFF’s official website here. Please RSVP to our official facebook event page here.
Hope to see you May 2nd!
I am pleased to announce that Cool Apocalypse will screen at the South Carolina Cultural Film Festival in beautiful, historic Charleston during the second weekend in May. This event is the inaugural film fest of the North Charleston Cultural Arts Festival where over 20,000 come to participate in the world of Art. Cool Apocalypse will screen on Friday, May 8 at 7:40pm. You can visit the official festival website here for tickets and info:
We had a sneak-preview screening of Cool Apocalypse last night for cast, crew, backers and invited guests only, including a number of filmmakers and critics whose work I greatly respect (see reactions here: http://www.coolapocalypse.com/reviews/). I was deeply humbled and quite frankly amazed by the enthusiastic response we received. A big thank you to everyone for making it happen! You can check out a treasure trove of photos from the event on our facebook page: